Welcome to the conversation!

Welcome to the conversation!

Harriet Beecher Stowe's (1811-1896) best-selling anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852), made her the most famous American woman of the 19th century and galvanized the abolition movement before the Civil War.

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Michelle Alexander encourages backing of the Justice Safety Valve Act

In a recent Tweet, 2013 Stowe Prize recipient Michelle Alexander encouraged followers and activists to sign a petition asking Congress to pass the Justice Safety Valve Act. The bill  "is designed “to prevent unjust and irrational criminal punishments.” If enacted, it would allow judges more discretion in sentencing below the mandatory minimum for many federal crimes if they are convinced that doing so would not endanger public safety."

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